Crunch time coming for Town juniors

Matt Jones is one of four second year scholars whose futures need to be decided

Matt Jones is one of four second year scholars whose futures need to be decided

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SWINDON Town’s second-year scholars will find out whether or not they have earned professional contracts at the County Ground in the “next two or three weeks”, according to manager Mark Cooper.

Four members of the club’s academy are waiting to hear if they have done enough to secure a future in Swindon beyond the duration of their scholarships. Defenders Salvyn Kisitu, Curtis Da Costa and Matty Jones and midfielder Liam Walsh will all discover their fates by the end of next month.

Walsh and Jones have both enjoyed being part of the senior Town squad on matchdays, while Kisitu spent a spell on loan at Banbury United earlier this term to gain relevant experience.

Cooper did not indicate which players may or may not get pro deals, but he stressed that telling any young player that their time at a club is up is “the worst part of the job”.

“We’ve had meetings,” he told the Advertiser. “We’re monitoring the second-year scholars and they’ll be getting told pretty soon. It will be in the next two or three weeks.

“That’s the worst thing – telling the young boys that they’re not going to be kept on – that’s probably the worst part of the job.

“You have to be honest with them and tell them. In spells they’ve done okay but you’re not looking at the team coming through when you’re producing players and developing players, you’re looking for one or two nuggets.”

Meanwhile, decisions are also due on the first-year pros currently on Town’s books whose contracts expire at the end of the season.

Connor Waldon, Alex Ferguson, Aaron Oakley and Mark Francis are all hoping for new deals, with Cooper saying: “The first-year pros, and the majority are out on loan, need decisions made about them as well.

“They may not be ready yet and they may need a couple of years playing out on loan at places like Gloucester or Chippenham to get them ready for when we need them.”

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6:58am Thu 27 Feb 14

jayden says...

Get to 55 points them give them a chance then we will know if they are ready not playing for other clubs.
Get to 55 points them give them a chance then we will know if they are ready not playing for other clubs. jayden
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7:43am Thu 27 Feb 14

old town robin says...

it doesn't help the youngsters that we don't have a reserve side they could play in along side more senior players. Wish them luck, but only Bodin and Storey have got to playing in the first team and then only on the fringe. As Cooper says he's looking for nuggets and they don't come along too often.
it doesn't help the youngsters that we don't have a reserve side they could play in along side more senior players. Wish them luck, but only Bodin and Storey have got to playing in the first team and then only on the fringe. As Cooper says he's looking for nuggets and they don't come along too often. old town robin
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8:30am Thu 27 Feb 14

Bassett Hound says...

old town robin wrote:
it doesn't help the youngsters that we don't have a reserve side they could play in along side more senior players. Wish them luck, but only Bodin and Storey have got to playing in the first team and then only on the fringe. As Cooper says he's looking for nuggets and they don't come along too often.
What about the 2 Thompsons !
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: it doesn't help the youngsters that we don't have a reserve side they could play in along side more senior players. Wish them luck, but only Bodin and Storey have got to playing in the first team and then only on the fringe. As Cooper says he's looking for nuggets and they don't come along too often.[/p][/quote]What about the 2 Thompsons ! Bassett Hound
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8:58am Thu 27 Feb 14

London Red says...

Jones was getting rave reviews in pre-season.
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Kisitu also got a few good write ups
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So wouldn't be shocked to see them offered one year deals
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As for the current crop - I personally can only see Oakley being offered a deal as feel he has been hindered by his injury - so may be given another year as is highly rated - thus his Wales call ups above his age group
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The others have not seemed to stand out on loan and this is at some tiers below where we are and want to be so can't see them making it
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If they were good enough they would have broken through as Jukebox, Tozer, Morirson, Kennedy, N.Thompson, Bodin, Storey and L.Thompson have shown in recent years
Jones was getting rave reviews in pre-season. . Kisitu also got a few good write ups . So wouldn't be shocked to see them offered one year deals . As for the current crop - I personally can only see Oakley being offered a deal as feel he has been hindered by his injury - so may be given another year as is highly rated - thus his Wales call ups above his age group . The others have not seemed to stand out on loan and this is at some tiers below where we are and want to be so can't see them making it . If they were good enough they would have broken through as Jukebox, Tozer, Morirson, Kennedy, N.Thompson, Bodin, Storey and L.Thompson have shown in recent years London Red
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10:50am Thu 27 Feb 14

umpcah says...

old town robin wrote:
it doesn't help the youngsters that we don't have a reserve side they could play in along side more senior players. Wish them luck, but only Bodin and Storey have got to playing in the first team and then only on the fringe. As Cooper says he's looking for nuggets and they don't come along too often.
I remember watching " The Reds v The Blues " and enjoying speculation on the starting eleven for the first league match of the season. There aren`t the funds for the running of secondary teams at the CG nowadays and that goes for so many clubs outside the top flight. It`s a pity but that`s footie in 2014 !
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: it doesn't help the youngsters that we don't have a reserve side they could play in along side more senior players. Wish them luck, but only Bodin and Storey have got to playing in the first team and then only on the fringe. As Cooper says he's looking for nuggets and they don't come along too often.[/p][/quote]I remember watching " The Reds v The Blues " and enjoying speculation on the starting eleven for the first league match of the season. There aren`t the funds for the running of secondary teams at the CG nowadays and that goes for so many clubs outside the top flight. It`s a pity but that`s footie in 2014 ! umpcah
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11:29am Thu 27 Feb 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

Good luck to the scholars always difficult to be released but I hope we keep the ones with real promise.
Good luck to the scholars always difficult to be released but I hope we keep the ones with real promise. Is that you Lovesey
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